State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth mental health.
Hawaii Revised Statutes 321-174 Coordination of services with department of education.
The children’s mental health services team shall cooperate with the schools located in their particular geographic region in identifying and referring for treatment such children or youths in need of mental health services. In conjunction with the children’s mental health services team, the department of education and the department of health shall develop a memorandum of agreement which shall provide for a sharing of responsibilities for the affected agencies and shall include but not be limited to provisions for:
- (1) Accepting referrals from the school counselors and diagnostic teams for evaluation and direct treatment of children and youth suffering from mental and emotional disorders;
- (2) Providing consultation to enable teachers and other school personnel to aid in the identification and screening of children in need of professional mental health services and the services of psychologists, as defined in chapter 465;
- (3) Providing training and education about emotional disturbances of children to teachers, school counselors, and parents;
Office of Student Support Services: Student Services Branch
Site provides information on school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs, including training in detecting and responding to mental health issues in youth, provided through Instructor Training in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Project HI-AWARE.